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April 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 125

Look any direction - there's a photo waiting to be captured. Anywhere you look, you'll find beauty in some form: flowers, trees, wildlife, skies, landscapes, sunsets, etc. The list is endless. Just when you think you've photographed everything imaginable, the seasons change opening up a whole new resource of objects to photograph.

I'm not a hunter; I leave that to the boys. I'd rather enjoy the beauty in the world through a camera lens, not a rifle scope. It's such fun to capture images that will be frozen in time and enjoyed for years to come and to create memories that will never be forgotten.

The magnificent night skies over our central Texas ranch provide an endless supply of photo opts. The Milky Way is so vivid you can get lost in it. If you have the right camera, it is only one of the many objects in the sky you can photograph. On the night of February 1, 2012, shortly after 8PM I happened to be looking out the window at the exact instant a meteor streaked across the sky. It was visible for under 10 seconds, and I couldn't believe my luck in seeing such an awesome sight - if only I'd had my camera handy. I was so thankful to be living on our property in the "Top of the Hill Country" near Cranfills Gap, Texas, and to be able to see this sight without the interference of city lights. Meteor showers provide a great source of photo opts. The Leonid and Perseid meteor showers occur annually. The Leonids are at their peak in November, and the Perseids peak in August. The open skies over the central Texas ranch land provide an unobstructed view to snap picture after picture of these fireball shows.

It goes without saying that when the spring flowers of north central Texas are in bloom, every color on an artist's palette is displayed on the landscape. Grab your camera and spend endless hours photographing the native Texas wildflowers. Birds also provide a never-ending source of material, and there are always plenty around. The bluebird is my personal favorite. The vibrant blue and orange bird is sociable and likes to be around people, so he is always willing to pose.

I'm always anxious to photograph the deer, turkey and smaller critters like the raccoon, grey fox and an occasional bobcat. One day I awoke to the pecking noise of a turkey peeking in the window and realized he saw himself in the reflection of the glass. He lived up to the name "Peeping Tom". His tail feathers were fanned out in full array, and his chest puffed out as he did his strut. I have taken some great photos of the male turkey as he "struts his stuff" for the hens.

I enjoy shooting with a camera, not a gun (not that I have anything against hunting or guns). My love for nature reminds me of the words of the poet Gibran - "My thought is a tender leaf that sways in every direction and finds pleasure in its swaying". Enjoy the beautiful images you encounter every day with a camera, and your memories will be preserved forever.

For more information about the rural country life and getting the most out of your little piece of Texas, please visit

Reba McGowan Texas Brand Land Company

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